Sunday, November 23, 2008

Movie Day

We took Jayden today to see his first movie in the theatre...Madagascar, at the Syracuse 6 theatres.
It was so fun being the 'nerdy' parents and taking our picture while we waited for the movie to start. Jayden doesn't sit real well at during movies but we thought he'd be excited with the big movie screen.
He was antsy throughout the entire movie and about drove us to the brink of insanity...but we made it to the end!

Bonus Night

Saturday night we headed down to the Salt Palace for our work bonus night. Because it was the same night as the 'Holy War' between U of U & BYU. We had to pick a team and you can see which team we voted for....YEAH UTAH!!!
I'm not a big fan of T-Shirts, so I dressed mine up with jewelry of course and some cute strappy high heels :)
I love working for the same company as my mom, we get to do fun stuff with them for work. As you can see in my parents picture my father wasn't as excited as we were!

Look it's a bird, it's a plane!

Cory's grandma asked him to take down a big tree at the house that Shanna is renting. So, of course he found the biggest lift in Utah to play with Saturday afternoon. Jayden went with Cory to get it and was really excited until they got it out and then he changed his level of excitement :)

He supported his dad from safely on the ground, and Cory and his uncle Mark took down most of the tree. You can see from some of the pictures there was a lot of Coca-cola involved!

Jayden was bummed that the 'tractor' couldn't come home to our house!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

School Time...hard times

As I continue through my effort to obtain my bachelor's degree, this class was a struggle just as the others have been. I'm constantly struggling with my balancing act between wife, mother, friend, full time employment and student.

Cory has been so good to work with my class nights and extra time on the weekends helping me with Jayden. I know this is taking a toll on me and my family. Just the other day, Cory picked Jayden up from pre-school and they called me on the phone. This is the conversation:

Jayden: "Hi Mommy!"
Me: "Hi baby."
Jayden" "Mommy go bye bye gain?"
Me: "No, sweetheart mommy come home tonight."
Jayden: "Oh, mommy no school?"
Me: "No, not tonight that's later."
Jayden: "Mommy come home soon?"
Me: "Yes, babe. I'll be home from work in a bit"
Jayden: "Ok, mommy two minutes!"

As I hung up the phone I had tears in my eyes. I feel that if I stay home extra hours, I'm sacrificing my job and if I stay extra at work I'm losing precious time with my son that can never be gained again. Invites with friends don't come as often because my answer is usually no, and when I do go, I'm giving up time with my husband to keep our relationship thriving.

I keep pushing, harder and harder because I know so many have come before me and succeeded, my mother one of those and so many woman after me that will ask these same questions. One thing that keeps me going is my family, the ones who I'm working for to give them a better life. My mother always tells me 'I worked full time from when you were a baby and when you look at me today what do you see?' My answer is always filled with love, respect and admiration. I've learned so much from her and continue to follow in her footsteps. She then tells me 'One day, a long time from now you can ask Jayden that same question, I have full faith that he'll answer the same' I can only hope to be so lucky.

To make a long post even longer, I finished yet another class and received an 'A'. Onto the next class tomorrow night and the journey continues on.....thanks for listening.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

I got told....

We are just settling in for a little 'mommy & daddy time' tonight after a long day with the naughty personality of Jayden's. (I've decided he's got several...kind of like Dr. Jeckel/Mr. Hyde) I thought I'd share a funny conversation we had tonight....

After dinner, Cory gave Jayden a bath and then came into the kitchen and this is how the conversation went:

Cory: "Jayden, give me a kiss so mommy can put you night-night"

Jayden as he is pointing to the sink: "Noooo, mommy do dishes! Daddy put me night-night!!"

Right about now, Cory is trying to hold in a laugh until he bursts into hysterics!

Me: "Jayden, let's get a few things straight. #1 - never tell your mother when to do the dishes (they were already done btw) #2 - I'll put you to bed whenever I want!"

A couple minutes later, Cory is putting Jayden to bed and I'm shaking my head at all the fun things yet to come in life!!!

Who said girls can't shoot?

That's right ladies! Nothing like a little anger venting with an over/under shotgun!!! We went up to our friends this weekend, Craig & Jaime Flinders. They have property in Morgan, so basically we shot guns for about an hour in their backyard! We had a great time!

I was a little intimidated at first, but after the first shot... I was hooked. I didn't do an actual count but Cory will vouch that I did hit more than half my pigeons :) My shoulder doesn't hurt too bad today, I had a lot of padding on with two big coats. Cory was teasing me that I had to curl my hair to go shooting, but like I told Cory, anything worth doing is worth doing it dressed to impress! :)

Thanks to my Daddy for supplying me with the best of the best guns and to my hubby for the aim lessons!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


For those of you who knew me in my 'previous' life, that seems so far away and almost not a reality anymore (which is a very good thing!) remember my first baby, my black lab Chep. He was such an 'old spirit', he had so much love in his eyes and heart. A 'thick' dog by many terms thick in fat and thick headed. He was always excited to see me and kept me company many times. He loved to be anywhere where I was and loved rides in the car. If you were on the couch, he was on your lap..all 90 pounds of him. It was so hard to leave him behind, and even harder not to see him everyday. I think about him often, and was informed this weekend that his time had finally come..he past away. I hope that he remembered me and felt my love when it was his time to go. I found this poem and thought it fit. So, here's to you my Chep. May you always know the warmth of my hand, the love in my heart and be in peace knowing how much love you brought to your mom's life. I miss you.

I Stood By Your Bed...
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew ...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me.

Author Unknown

My Kind of Weather

You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm

You are often held up by others as the ideal

But too much of you, and they'll get burned

You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I am.....

I am... a mother, wife, daughter, sister, & friend

I think... about decisions I've made and if they're the right ones

I want... to graduate with high honors

I have... the best family...The best husband, the smartest and most hyper child

I miss... my sister

I feel... overwhelmed at times

I hear... Cory torturing Jayden...I think Jayden is winning

I smell... Scentsy

I crave... to be more in shape

I cry... more often than I think others realize

I search... for the best way to please people

I wonder... what my husband is thinking when he's quiet

I regret... not being a better saver

I wish... we had a house paid off with lots of land for all my family with lots of play space and horses

I love...Cory, Jayden, All my family & friends

I care... about what others think of me

I always... tell Cory I love him

I worry... that I won't be good enough

I am not... a betty crocker

I remember... when I said 'I do' & when I saw Jayden for the first time

I believe... that I'm a good person

I sing... all time!

I don't always... remember what people have said to me

I argue... more than I should and especially if I'm passionate about the subject

I write... poems, stories, lesson plans :)

I lose... my mind when I realize I can't do it all

I listen... to my heart

I can usually be found... At home, work, school and everywhere in between

I need... to have more patience

I forget... how lucky I am

I am happy... when I can lay in bed with Cory and night and tell him I've been a success that day.

I tag...Laurie, Lisa, Lindsey, & Celeste

Sunday, November 2, 2008

TrIcK Or TrEaT!!

Halloween 2008

We had so much fun this year! Jayden was the itsy bitsy spider, and for me I reached in the depths of my creativity and was a biker!!! I amaze myself some days ;)

I worked for 1/2 day, and then got Jayden from pre-school. They had a fun halloween party that morning and made cookies and treats with fun pictures. They also had a mummy wrapping contest.

We visited Daddy's work and did some trick or treating at mommy's. It was soooo fun chasing my little 'devil' spider throughout the operations apologies to anyone who was injured in the process.

We stopped by Grandma Diane's and walked the puppies to Grandpa & Grandma Stanley's. We had dinner at Grandma Jo's, she made yummy homemade soups. Cory and I took Jayden around a couple cul-de-sac's and he actually did really good. He rang the doorbell's (sometimes more than once, I'm sure it was a minor seizure of the fingers) and got a lot of candy. We made it home around 7:30 pm, just in time to hand out some candy of our own and then crashed in bed!

It was a long, fun day. It's days where we get to spend time with Jayden and the rest of our family that makes me grateful for what I have.

We missed the Younger's this year, but it sounds like they had a great time as usual!!

We hope everyone had a GREAT HALLOWEEN!
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